Sunday, December 07, 2014

Meanwhile, in the Confederate States...

While police officers were no billed in border state Missouri and Union state New York, in the old Confederacy a white South Carolina police chief was indicted Wednesday,* charged with murder in the death of an unarmed black man in Eutawville, S.C. 

Yes, that title and byline is meant to be provocative and get your attention. It is meant to suggest (again) that all things are not as simple as they seem when it comes to discussions of police officers, racism and the world in which we live. Not as simple, geographically. Not as simple in how they are often reported. Not as simple, period. Interestingly the Journal article also reports:

Combs is the third officer in South Carolina to be charged this year for an on-duty shooting. A white police officer in North Augusta was charged with misconduct in office in August in the shooting death of a 68-year-old unarmed black man at his home after a chase. A state trooper was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in September when he shot an unarmed black man he had pulled over as the man reached in his car to get his wallet. That shooting was captured on the trooper’s dashboard camera and shown around the world. Both officers are awaiting trials.

* the same day a grand jury in New York decided against charging an officer in the choking death of Eric Garner

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